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be dragged kicking and screaming

To be forced (to go somewhere or do something) with extreme reluctance, especially despite lengthy or vehement protests. I really thought Mike would be perfect for the job, but he had to be dragged kicking and screaming into an interview for it. When we were kids, we were dragged to our grandparents' boring old house kicking and screaming every summer for two weeks.
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He said: "I shall be dragged kicking and screaming from my chair.
She says the Tory-Lib Dem coalition on the council (of which I am a part) have had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the ballot box.
An industry struggling to defend its animal welfare credentials, being dragged kicking and screaming by public opinion into the 21st century simply asking them to stop beating an animal with a whip to try and make it move a bit quicker.
They need to give her a good home - but should they drop her precious eggs, they should all be dragged KicKing and screaming to Strumble Head, shoved down a giant cannon and fired out to sea, never to be seen again.
Maybe it's time the BBC was dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
JAPANESE star Hidetoshi Nakata shocked the football world when he quit the game at just 28 this summer - but Brazilian ace Romario will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into retirement.
The district attorney, having linked his reputation to Coleman's by relying so heavily on him to prosecute these cases, likewise had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the conclusion that Coleman could not be trusted.
Fifteen years ago, Miller, a USC film school graduate, made a 16mm short film about a 9-year-old boy dragged kicking and screaming to cotillion class in Pasadena only to realize that maybe being allowed to hold a girl close isn't so bad after all.
It even had to be dragged kicking and screaming into making V6 engines, then designed an engine family that may be the most sophisticated and versatile in the automotive industry.
As David Melding says, they have been dragged kicking and screaming when they could have set an example.
The Senate version could even jeopardize employers who could be made liable for health care decisions and dragged kicking and screaming into the courtroom.
Don't be dragged kicking and screaming into a more sustainable future - work towards achieving it.
But not the United States; so captive of the status quo are its leaders that they must be dragged kicking and screaming into the next century.
You can either be dragged kicking and screaming into a low-cost survival mindset," said Peters, "or you can lead the way and take an integrated solutions approach to the pressure of economic realities.
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